Home Survey Standard

RICS draft professional statement - Home Survey Standard

Appendix E: Typical safety hazards in a residential dwelling

The following list identifies some of the common safety hazards that can be found during an inspection of a domestic residential property. RICS members and RICS regulated firms should have an awareness of:

  • asbestos and other deleterious materials
  • animals and vermin (bird droppings, rats, dog waste, etc.)
  • lack of emergency escape and inadequate fire precautions
  • absence of safety glass to openings and outbuildings
  • falls from height, lack of safety rails, steep stairs, and serious and significant tripping hazards
  • unstable parts of the building, especially at high level
  • lead water pipes and lead paint
  • gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning
  • dangerous electrics
  • absence of test certificates for services/appliances/private water supply
  • inappropriate use of accommodation (for example, non-conforming roof space conversion and bedrooms in damp basements)
  • overhead power lines, which may cause issues relating to electromagnetic fields (EMFs)
  • high radon levels
  • automatic gates
  • unprotected garden ponds and
  • Legionnaire's disease.